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MUCH ADO

ABOUT NOTHING.

VOL. II.

B

PERSONS REPRESENTED.

Don Pedro, Prince of Arragon.
Don John, his bastard brother.

Claudio, a young lord of Florence, favourite to
Don Pedro.

Benedick, a young lord of Padua, favourite likewise of Don Pedro.

Leonato, governor of Messina.

Antonio, his brother.

Balthazar, servant to Don Pedro.

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MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING.

ACT I.

SCENE I. Before Leonato's house.

Enter Leonato, Hero, Beatrice, and others, with a

Messenger.

Leonato.

I

LEARN in this letter, that Don Pedro of Arragon, comes this night to Messina.

Mess. He is very near by this; he was not three leagues off when I left him.

Leon. How many gentlemen have you lost in this action?

Mess. But few of any sort*, and none of name. Leon. A victory is twice itself, when the achiever brings home full numbers. I find here, that Don Pedro hath bestowed much honour on a young Florentine, called Claudio.

Mess. Much deserved on his part, and equally remembered by Don Pedro: he hath borne himself beyond the promise of his age; doing, in the figure of a lamb, the feats of a lion: he hath, indeed, better

* Kind.

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